2017-06-09 Fri

Second Use For Everything (SUFE)

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Another Four-Gallon Water Jug tossed out and then reclaimed by me.

I cut off the top at the shoulder, drill five onecentimetre holes in the base and toss in a Bed of Gravel.

The plastic bottle pieces are sitting on a porous sheet of Synthetic Material that I had to peel off my Sofa Cushions in order to be able to slide the covers back on after giving them their annual laundry.

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The top of the plastic keg will serve as a template for me to cut a set of Circular Sheets from the cushion sheet.

The bed of gravel will have a porous sheet lying on top of it before I pour in the Re-Claimed Soil.

A few years from now, if I decide to re-claim the pot and soil, the gravel should still be well-separated from the soil, making my job easier, and making it more likely that I will make a second use of the pot, gravel, and soil.

(later) If you make the mistake of tossing out the top of the bottle, losing your template – duh! You can always use the base of the bottle as a template. I speak from experience ...

Trees of Toronto

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I rail against the lack of Tall Trees in Toronto, especially on City Property.

So you think that these trees in Queens Park counter my argument?

Think again!

One of the most common excuses given for Toronto’s tiny trees versus Paris’s huge (seven-storey) trees is that “We have bitterly cold winters here”. Nonsense! Toronto is at the same latitude as Marseilles, and I spent at least two bitterly cold winters in Paris while I worked there.

These tall trees in Queens Park show us that trees CAN grow tall in Toronto, if only the city would allow them to grow naturally, instead of cooping them inside fifteen-inch concrete boxes.

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And while we are at it, here’s another tall tree. Note that it is on Private Property, not City Property.

The sad sample in the tub? What do you think? Did the city dig a hole in the road surface so that the tiny tree’s roots had a chance to Go Deep?